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On patrol with the Reindeer Police

Published 0055 GMT (0855 HKT) December 21, 2016
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A herd of reindeer is moved onto a boat near Alta, Norway. Because of food shortages, the reindeer are often transported to nearby islands that have more food, according to photographer Gianmarco Maraviglia. Maraviglia traveled with the Reindeer Police, a unit that patrols Norway's northernmost counties. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
Anne and Christine, two members of the Reindeer Police, rest after a hard day's work. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
Trout are seen on the ice in Finnmark, a county at Norway's northern tip that is within the Arctic Circle. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
A reindeer herd in Finnmark. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
A soccer field in Norway's North Cape. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
Christine inspects a snowmobile before leaving on a mission. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
Reindeer look for food near Lakselv, Norway. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
Anne and Christine talk with an indigenous Sami woman who is ice fishing in Finnmark. The Sami people have a long history with the land. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
Reindeer wait for a boat that will bring them to an island where food is more plentiful. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
Maraviglia described the counties of Finnmark and Troms as a white expanse in every direction -- vast and open like the Sahara, but covered in snow. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
A chair in Finnmark is set up for ice fishing. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
The Reindeer Police teams are made up of two officers who set out on weeklong missions. Maraviglia said that because the area is so large, the team can go a day or two without seeing another person. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism
A Sami herder and his family bring food for the reindeer as they travel near Karasjok, Norway. Gianmarco Maraviglia/Echo Photojournalism